In the longer term

Don’t assume your friend will only need help in the immediate aftermath of the death. Grief can last a long time and there may be times that are particularly difficult – such as the anniversary of the death, birthdays and other special occasions – when they may value your support. Keep in touch regularly, not just in the first few weeks. Include your friend in social activities, but be sensitive to their needs: they may prefer to go to the cinema or for a meal rather than to a large social gathering. 

Sometimes bereaved people are so overwhelmed by grief that they become depressed and feel that life is not worth living. If you are worried about your friend, it might be helpful to suggest that they seek professional help, for example from their doctor or a counsellor.